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skyline boulevard, the blue station wagon is stopped about where the collision happened. a long-time resident lives across the street from the crosswalk. >> i'm not surprised that that happened. unfortunately, that is a really awful intersection. i never drive and make a left or right turn on it. i always go the opposite way. i don't even like to cross the street because they are coming around skyline, it gets foggy, people are in a hurry. >> reporter: he tells us skyline mall is a busy place at all hours of the day and that drivers speed as they make the turn from skyline on to westmoo r. >> when they come around the corner, there is no stop sign or no nothing. and if you are not -- you could be in the crosswalk and if you are not looking left or right, many, many times -- i'm half way out and people don't care. they make the right turn into the market and it is unfortunate but a bad, bad intersection and they need to do something about
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it. >> reporter: the young girl has life-threatening injuries and the driver is being interviewed at police station. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> federal agents have arrested a man suspected of killing a bay area area woman in downtown austin on sunday. u.s. marshals detained the man near a bus station in atlanta today. police say mccray got into an argument and fired into a crowd and one of the bullets killed a 30-year-old. today her co-workers in redwood city honored her. she was a bus driver for the sequoia union high school district. friends wrote messages of support on her bus. her mother-in-law was there. >> i think it is wonderful. i mean just the support that they are giving my family. >> another memorial is planned once the school year starts. her co-workers started a go fund me page. in san jose, a registered
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sex offender had a sex with a 15-year-old girl he was tutoring. chris nguyen is live. you have been looking into this guy's criminal history. >> reporter: and police are not ruling out the possibility there could be additional victims. which is why they have released the suspect's picture, all with the goal of getting more information from the public. take a good look. this is 51-year-old thomas reefs of san jose, the former teacher and registered sex offender was charged with 14 counts of child molestation after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl on several occasions between october of 2015 and april of this year. police tell us he was working as the girl's english tutor. >> our megan's law team they monitor sex registrants and this came across their desk. >> this isn't the first brush with the law. back in 2002 he was arrested in sacramento in a sting operation after police say he tried to
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setp a date with a 12-year-old girl. he was a school teacher in oakland at the time of that arrest. he was later sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of molesting two underage girls in the east bay. upon release he began offering services as a language tutor but he wasn't supposed to have contact with minors. police say he was not affiliated with the local learning center or school. at this point they aren't sure if the parents did a background check but the suspect did provide the family with his real name. >> we're again putting this information out, if somebody recognizes him as somebody that they had dealings with or maybe he was out there soliciting his services as a tutor, we definitely want to have those people contact the police department. >> he is expected to appear in court in three weeks. in san jose, chris nguyen, abc 7 news. a san francisco man is being held on $20 million bail in connection with the murders of four young men last year.
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the 27-year-old pleaded not guilty to multiple felony accounts. this is video from his court appearance on monday. cameras weren't allowed in today. but like monday offers were armed with bean bag guns and stood by in court. he didn't make eye contact with any of the victim's family members. >> it is best that he don't look in my direction. that is all i got to say. >> the four young men were shot while sitting in a car on laguna street. as as four shooters were involved but so far no other arrests have been made. the man at the center of an alleged excessive force arrest involving b.a.r.t. police officers made his first court appearance today. the 22-year-old michael smith pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. the video on facebook shows officers punching smith in the head while he was restrained on friday. the transit agency said smith became uncooperative and
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physically resisted the officers when they were trying to detain him after an armed robbery report. smith's aunt said she has seen the video is troubled by what happened. >> i could never watch the video again. but i felt like, is that my kid? who could treat a human being like that? who could put their hands on anybody like that? >> the san francisco district attorney's office is also investigating. prosecutors say that body camera video from the officers has been reviewed. the b.a.r.t. officers are still on the job while they investigate the excessive force allegations. san francisco police are investigating a carjacking near the financial district last night as a driver on howard street stopped for a red light on fremont. the victim told police a man jumped into his passenger seat with a hand in his pocket and simulating that he had a gun. the suspect ordered the driver out of the car and drove off with the red bmw. the 42-year-old victim was not injured. now to a new wildfire raging
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on the edge of napa county. this fire has doubled in side overnight growing to 4,000 acres. let's take a live look over the scene. look at those flames and the plumes of black smoke. fires have raged there through area before. these are two fires both in july in past two years. wayne freedman is live on the scene for us tonight. wayne? >> reporter: good afternoon. that is the northeast corner of the fire behind me. i cannot translate to you how hot and dry it is here. except to show you. you see this right here. i'm going to bend it and break it. look at how it flies off. this is the stuff that burning on the mountain behind us. it is a battle being waged deep in the back country of yo lo county and men and machines versus stubborn flames playing hide and seek and cut and run in the footprint of yet another fire that burned through here two years ago. >> which is good because we
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could use the dozer lines and some of the lines during that fire. >> reporter: the cold fire, as they call it, broke out yesterday, forcing the evacuation of homes as well as campgrounds below the lake. from what the campers left behind, it is clear they bailed in a hurry. colleen showed us photos of the flames that turned her and her husband into unwilling daredevils. >> the flames were all the way down to the road. i'm looking at my husband and i said we're going to go right through this? >> and you did? >> and we did. >> reporter: and yet some is people stayed behind. >> you could still see the smoke but they had the backfire up the hill. >> reporter: steve and his wife pauline and the camp ground. >> i wanted out of here. you don't know how badly. >> my wife was pretty skittish. and she was wanting to lee. and i sort of talked her out of it. >> i can't go anywhere because he drives. >> tonight they have the campground to themselves. out of harm's way. meantime, more boots on the ground, more aircraft in the
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sky. it is mid-august and in the cattle country of yo lo county it has never seemed hotter. specially hot up on the ridge which is now covered in smoke. the fire has not moved closer to where we are all day. that is the good news. but then again, the wind hasn't come up. they are worried about the wind tonight. some estimates it could reach 25 miles per hour, in that case anything goes. live in yo lo county, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> thanks wayne. well detectives are following leads as they try to find out who started an illegal campfire that erupted into a wildfire in monterey county. dry conditions help the soberanes fire spread another 1500 acres today to nearly 72 square miles. it is 25% contained. the fire has destroyed 57 homes and killed a bulldozer operator when the heavy equipment toppled over on him. the fire is threatening 2000
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homes west of carmel valley. today crews are reporting progress against flames in fresno near prather. it started on saturday and burned four homes. right now it is 65% contained thanks to an effort by hundreds of firefighters. >> because of the quick actions of not only the local firefighters but as a team in california having resources come in and also the residents, they were able to help us out and have good brush clearance, they were also vigilant. all mandatory evacuations have been lifted and residents are being urged to pick up their animals that were left at shelters. a crash that virtually sliced a bus in half. the death toll goes down. >> i'm glad to say it is four rather than five. i wish it was zero. >> tonight what abc 7 news is learning about the driver at the wheel in the crash. and facebook's mark zuckerberg tops another list. what he's accomplished that no one else in california has. and also ahead here, a california lawmaker takes on donald trump. the online petition that
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questions his mental stability. and klay thompson and team usa, looking at them on the plane to rio. where the players are staying and it isn't the olympics vi (music plays from one way or another )♪♪ ♪ i'm gonna find y♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm gonna win ya ♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪
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♪ i'm gonna see ya ♪ (inhales cigarette) investigators have downgraded the number of people killed in a deadly bus accident on monday from five to four. the chp and ntsb are working to determine just what happened. tonight we're learning more about the bus driver. melanie woodrow is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: that bus driver had several past violations, including driving while his license was suspended. tonight a witness said he believes the bus driver was
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injured after the accident. the bus is now in an evidence lot after this deadly accident just after 2:00 a.m. in livingston. chp had originally said five people died. >> i'm glad to say it was four rather than five. >> reporter: the driver survived, by phone jose beautifula manty said he saw him helping passengers. >> i heard him screaming, lift up the handle and get out this way. but later he saw him on the ground. he believes the bus driver was hit by a passing car. he also described hearing problems with the bus as it passed him earlier on the highway. >> like it was clicking, like click, click, click. >> reporter: a team of clees to 10 investigators will inspect the bus, highway and company and driver. >> we will not be determining the probable cause of the crash while we are on scene. >> this initial five to seven days is a fact-finding
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evolution. >> they confirm vasquez has a history of driving violations, including on january 20th, 2014, illegal and improper or unsafe change of lean in washington, october 23, 2014, speeding 15 mile-per-hour above the limit in oregon and at an unknown date, a serious traffic violation in california. that resulted in his license being suspended from january 2015 to march 24th, 2015, during which he was caught driving on a suspended license february 5th, 2015. investigators say the bus he was driving on tuesday may not have had data recording capabilities. >> right now we have an older motor coach, it is up in the air. >> reporter: with or without the data, ntsb investigators will use a 3-d laser to reconstruct the accident scene as part of the investigation. melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. well those who survived the bus crash are in shock.
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manuela espinosa was returning from mexico to her family in washington state and instead she ended up in a hospital in merced. her son and his girlfriend tried desperately to reach her. >> she said her legs and back hurt and she was crying saying they were going to the hospital. >> he drove 13 hours to be his mother and she keeps having flash backs of the crash. and abc 7 news was in the city sunset district as the mayor ed lee looked over efforts to spruce up the area. teams of workers spread out over 9th avenue and irving to power wash and pick up litter and scrape off graffiti. the idea is to keep crime away. >> it all contributes to neighborhood safety and making
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people feel safe and welcome. >> san francisco's latest budget invests more than $6 million to expand fix it efforts to more neighborhoods. the next area to get tlc is dividerio street. >> would you let your internet company sell your information in exchange for a discount. >> comcast wants the fcc to allow it. >> it is a wild world out there in consumer news. federal regulators are considering how to keep your privacy on line. a rule would allowing to opt in before they could share your data. comcast wants to give you a discount if you do opt in and let companies take your information and you get a better deal. now consumer groups are saying no way, it is unfair. effectively, they say it would mean customers pay more to keep information private. the fcc is now taking comments from any interested parties. wouldn't it be nice to have free
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data on your mobile phone. cell phone companies want to give you that but the fcc is hearing opposition. if you get unlimited free data, carriers like verizon or at&t might capitalize by selling ads with your content and that could bombard you with ads and slow downloads of valuable information and drain your battery. the plan also faces opposition from google and facebook which dominate the mobile ad market. they want to keep it that way. free data could open the way for a lot more competition. a new law signed by president obama will replace existing food labelling of genetically modified ingredients with bar codes that customers can scan on their phones. consumers who scan the code must wait for the page to load and then read the information and then they will be able to decide on their purchases. some question whether consumers will go through all of that trouble of scanning the codes to get that information. one senator called the bar codes
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an obstacle course to get to that information. bup a food industry rep called it a red herring. there is no word on when the system will be in place. dan. >> michael, thanks. well a california congresswoman has launched a petition drive calling nor a mental -- for a mental health examination of donald trump. karen bass is from los angeles. she tweeted out the petition today. she said it is her patriotic duty to raise the question of trump's mental stability to be president. she is a former physician assistant and said trump appears to show all of the symptoms of the mental disorder nas issistic personality disorder. so far nearly 6,000 people have signed her petition. >> a 32-year-old man who has a salary of just $1 a year has become the richest person in california. yes, mark zuckerberg took over the top shortstop from larry ellison. the facebook ceo takes home a year ly salary of $1 and said he
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has made enough money but his stock fakes him so much money. he added more than $18 billion to his fortune in the past year with an estimated $51.6 billion to his name. >> not bad, right? well it is time to check on our forecast. what is happening with our temperatures. >> meteorologist sandhya patel is here. >> they are going down. behind me i'm watching the low clouds pushing toward the bay. very quickly, the marine layer is rapid and that means cooling days ahead. when i got in, it was about a thousand feet deep and now it has deepened to 1600 feet and that is a sign of things to come. live doppler 7 hd showing you the solid marine layer along the coastline. winds gusting to 28 right now at sfo. and that going to carry this from the sutro tower camera into the bayside communities and into the valleys rather quickly tonight. so you are going to notice a
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temperature dropping. 60 degrees in san francisco. it looks like whipped cream there. 66 in oakland. 75 in mountain view. 79 in san jose. looks so good we had to pan around. and 57 degrees in half moon bay. from the kgo camera, barely seeing the sun. low 70s in santa rosa, petaluma, 86 in livermore. highs today, upper 50s in half moon bay and low 90s inland but it did warm up today but it is going down tomorrow, from the east bay hills camera watching that fog layer. flow clouds and fog and patchy morning drizzle tomorrow. cooler weather and looking at the temperatures rebounding early next week. when you get going, watch out for damp spots. drizzle around. upper 40s to 50s and an hour-by-hour forecast will show you what is happening tonight. low clouds in the bay and during the morning commute it is gray at 5:00 a.m. with the exception of the east bay valleys.
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sunshine by 10:00 a.m. inland but not so much near the coast. on the cloudy side for your thursday. santa cruz cam showing you the clouds and the haze from the soberanes fire. next couple of days if your kids are out of school and taking them to the beach, it is hazy with clouds tomorrow. 71 degrees. cooler and breezy friday, saturday. mid to upper 60s only and those clouds will linger. high temperatures for the south bay tomorrow, 83 in gilroy. 77 in san jose with the hazy skies. 78 santa clara. 75 sunnyvale. on peninsula, 73 in san mateo. and cloudy along the coastline. upper 50 toss low 60s. dolly city 58 and downtown san francisco 62 degrees. and cool along the coast and the north bay. 58 at bodega bay. 78 santa rosa. mid-70s napa, sonoma and the east bay. 68 in oakland. 72 fremont. head inland and it is a nice day but not as hot as it has been. 80 in walnut creek, fairfield 82
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and livermore. and here is a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. below average temperatures thursday through saturday. upper 50s to mid-80s tomorrow. dropping you to the low 80s inland on friday and saturday. upper 50s at the coast and we'll warm it up second half of the weekend going into next week, the 90s will return. but from the fire perspective for the soberanes fire and the cold fire, a good way to look at it is with the increase in the humidity, deeper marine layer, and hopefully this will help the crews on the fire lines. >> thanks. and still ahead here on abc 7 news at 5:00, see the surprise visit to the warriors basketball camp by one of the newest players. and then on world news with david muir. >> breaking developments right now. the crash landing, images from inside of the plane and what we just learned, how did this happen and the new reporting, it has happened here in the u.s. before. tonight an officer who was supposed to patrol the south bay charged with trying to help isis. a lot to get to.
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world news tonight here right after abc 7 news. and tonight only 7 on your side michael finney investigates claims from some gym members who thought they had fixed lifetime memberships but the price is going up. what is the
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one of the newest members of the warriors took some time today to surprise kids at a summer camp. abc 7 news was at the college prep school in the sunset this afternoon as rookie damien jones spoke with the campers at today's warriors basketball camp. the team picked the center with the 30th pick in the first round of the draft. he seems to enjoy getting to know the basketball camper this is afternoon. >> this is my first time ever speaking at a camp so it was real awesome. first time for everyone, i guess. >> jones said he hasn't met most of his teammates yet but he can't wait to get to know the dubs squad as well. as far the warriors who are part of team usa, they found a way to avoid staying ought the olympics village.
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instead, they are on a boat. here is a look at the cruise ship the men and women's basketball teams will live on for the next few weeks. the liner will be docked at a pier in rio. of course they are doing this to avoid the olympics village where athletes, including former warrior bogut have criticized the living conditions. several reports say olympics sponsor cisco, based in san jose, is paying for it. and klay thompson posted this on instagram. they hopped on the flight to rio last night. it touched down around 6:00 this morning. chances are they enjoying some time aboard that cruise ship about night. >> it looks like a party. and police retirement brings out san francisco former mayor. >> to say thank you for a job well done. >> why willie brown known for his deal making is dangling a care for a veteran of the force. abc # news at 5:00 is back in a moment. >> when it happens where you live --
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coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00, our team uncovers a threat being made against prison guards and officers known as black august. also -- >> took me out of the classroom into a restraint room and held me down there. >> he endured a school year of pain and anguish, physically restrained nearly 100 times. find out what a special needs boy hopes will come from his terrible experience at an east
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bay school. and why researchers find more bugs in affluent neighborhoods rather than poorer ones. it is coming up at 6:00. and a veteran member of the san francisco police force is riding off into the sunset. >> the last day on the job for gunny, the police horse. he retired today after spending the last seven years with the police department. >> to celebrate the occasion, the retirement party was held in his honor. his boss chief toney chaplin fed the horse carrots and apples and his retirement is well deserved. >> it is a family that adopted the horse and so the horse is not going to disappear, it will get a fantastic home. >> the 19-year-old tennessee walker will become a pasture mate to his fellow san francisco police horse strider who retired a couple of years ago. >> job well done. way to go, gunny. >> world news tonight is next. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz in for kristen zse. >> and i'm dan ashley.
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for all of us, we appreciate your time and we'll see you again in half an hour. tonight, breaking developments as we come on. the crash landing. the passenger jet exploding into flames. and this evening, we now have images of the panic inside the boeing 777. 300 passengers and crew racing to escape down emergency chutes. and new reporting here. did the pilot forget to put down the landing gear? also breaking tonight, donald trump onstage moments ago. what he's now saying amid reports of turmoil inside his campaign. as a key republican says they're now supporting hillary clinton. as we come on tonight, the tropical storm just upgraded to a hurricane. the track right now and when it makes landfall. also, massive flooding shutting down highways, as new wildfires erupt in the west. the tragedy behind the supermarket.

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